UD Arena renovation: 7 big changes and when they're happening

Work on a $72 million renovation of UD Arena is already underway. The project is being completed in three phases to not disrupt regular season Flyers or NCAA basketball tournament games.

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Here’s what to expect over the next few years as the arena nears its 50th anniversary in 2019, the year work on the 13,455-seat venue is expected to be finished: 

New seating: All of the seats will be replaced. A majority will be fabric-covered with both seat and back padding.

Some of the new seats in the lower bowl will sport a leather look. Seats in the 300 and 400 levels forego back padding but represent an improvement with seat padding. About 400 seats — about 3 percent of total capacity — will be affected by the changes. Americans with Disabilities Act seating will increase from 46 to 78.

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Climate control: Air conditioning will be installed and alleviate a long complaint of fans. The addition will also give UD the opportunity to host events in the summer.

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Team store, improved restrooms: Encircling the venue will be a full, branded concourse with a new main lobby and team store, and restrooms, which include an 80 percent increase in toilets and sinks for women.  

New sights, better sounds: A new scoreboard and LED ribbon boards installed along with enhanced audio systems.

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Terrace suites: Four concourse-level terrace suites will extend from the corners of the arena toward the court. 

Club seat changes: Flanking the sidelines between the 200/300 sections will be new club seats backed by two lounges for the exclusive use of club seat ticket holders.

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Room with a view: High in the 400s on the on east side of the arena will be a new gathering area loaded with televisions. The area, accessible by elevator, will be lined with windows overlooking the Great Miami River. 

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Tentative construction schedule:


• New 100 and 200 level seats with cup holders and handrails 

• Upgrade courtside and press seating areas 

• Updated and added Americans with Disabilities Act seating 

• New four-sided, center-hung video board 

• New LED ribbon boards on the fascia of Spectrum Flight Deck and suites 

• Move TV broadcast area from southeast to northeast corner 

• Upgrade arena bowl audio system and broadcast infrastructure 

• Install platforms for the new four corner terrace suites 

• Upgrade arena infrastructure and dewatering pumps 

• Begin exterior structures for future phases 


• New concourse and 300/400 level seats 

• New south and west entrances and elevator and stairs to event level 

• New renovated event level locker rooms and training room 

• New VIP parking and entrance 

• New media room and press conference area 

• Added and upgraded restrooms, concession stands and merchandise locations 

• Corner video boards moved and turned toward 300/400 level 

• Upgrade arena infrastructure and ADA seating 

• New court lighting and improved arena wifi 


• New concourse and 300/400 level seats 

• New club seats between 200/300 levels and addition of concourse clubs 

• New four-corner terrace suites 

• Added and upgraded restrooms and concession stands 

• Updated and added ADA seating 

• New main ticket box office/lobby and team store 

• New elevator to 400 level terrace (Eastside only) 

• New exterior design with upgraded lighting and landscaping 

• Upgrade arena infrastructure and climate controlled seating bowl 

• Complete 360-degree concourse renovation with updated finishes and branding

 Source: University of Dayton

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